Former care worker gets 19 years for murder of 89-year-old nursing home resident


The Yokohama District Court on Wednesday sentenced a 32-year-old man to 19 years in prison for killing an 89-year-old woman who lived at the nursing home where he worked.

The court convicted facility Yuki Tamura, who was a certified care worker employed at the nursing home in Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, of strangling Itsuko Sugaya to death in her room on Jan 24 this year.

The court heard that Tamura had started withdrawing cash from the victim’s bank account by using her ATM card in December 2018 because he was in debt. He withdrew a total of 1.25 million in cash from Sugaya’s account on nine occasions, including 150,000 yen on the day he killed her.

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Life sentence would have been more appropriate in my humble opinion..

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He should have been given 57 years. That way when he got out, he'd finally know what it would be 89 years old and helpless to the world.

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I think this would be a pretty light sentence for robbery and murder. Will the same sentence be meted if the victim was a politician's, doctor's or a judge's mother?

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